Spending bank holidays with your children can be a great opportunity to spend quality time together, out in the great outdoors, and flying kites together can be fun for all of the family. Before embarking on a fun day outside with your children to fly kites, ensure you follow these safety tips to make sure that everyone can enjoy a fun but safe time, without slips, trips and falls.
Avoid power lines
It may seem obvious, but accidents involving power lines are very common. Make sure that you set your kites to sail away from all power lines, as most lines are live with electricity, and electricity can cause all manner of very dangerous accidents and injuries in public.
Keep your distance
Make sure your children stand a good distance away from each other with their kites. Standing too close together could allow the kites to entangle, and when the winds are strong, kites can very often cause you to move in certain directions, without taking much notice of your surroundings. If everyone is spaced a safe distance apart, collisions, slips and trips can be avoided.
Do not run
As much as sometimes the direction of the wind and the natural movement of the kite can encourage you to move quickly, running must be discouraged when flying a kite. Kites are often best flown in hilly, windy areas with uneven terrain, and running on these types of surfaces could cause damaging trips and falls.
Make sure everyone partaking in flying kites is wearing gloves, as when winds are strong and kites are flying high, the line can cut quite deeply into bare skin on hands and cause cuts, skin injuries and even friction burns.
Avoid slip and trip claims by choosing dry land
Perfect kite flying areas can be steep and hilly, so ensure that when you take your family out to fly kites that the ground of that area isnt too wet and slippery. Try to choose a safe, even, dry area that wont cause trips and slips.
Slip and trip accidents cant always be avoided, even when extra safety precautions are taken, and if you suffer a public place fall, you could make a public liability claim. Accident Advice Helpline would be happy to advise you regarding your fall, and you can take our 30-second compensation test to see if you have a claim or call 0800 689 0500 24 hours a day, 365 days a year.
Date Published: May 1, 2014
Author: David Brown